Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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To many Thanksgiving revelers, the holiday is all about food. That's what worries Mary Jo Brunner, the nutritionist from Family Fresh Market in Hudson. The traditional Thanksgiving meal, like all holiday meals and parties, are fraught with calories and fat. But when Brunner brings up the subject with customers at the store, they often don't want to hear about it. "The holidays are a hard time of the year to be a dietitian," she said. "People don't want to talk to me.
As an emergency responder for more than two decades, Phil Laval knew how to handle difficult situations. But after a recent streak of health problems and a bit of bad luck, Laval faced a challenge that his emergency training couldn't prepare him for. He eventually became one of a growing statistic in St. Croix and Polk counties - a homeless individual. Laval, 56, worked as a first responder and Emergency Management Technician in Clear Lake and Amery for many years.
It's been close before. Back in the 1990s, the proposed St. Croix River Crossing project was just 30 days from being let for bids. But legal challenges, like obstacles that stopped the bridge several times before, again put the proposal on the shelf. Since then, supporters of the idea of a new span between Stillwater, and Houlton have been working methodically to overcome the final roadblocks to construction. It appears that day may come very soon. The Coalition for the St.
NEW RICHMOND -- The non-descript complex of buildings, tucked away on the western edge of New Richmond, has three letters outlined in stone to identify itself to passing motorists. CIP is the Challenge Incarceration Program, an earned early release prison facility that has been changing the lives of criminals for 20 years. Inside its walls, the buildings house some 100 to 130 inmates who are pushed to the limit in an intense, boot-camp-like program designed to change their criminal mindset, teach them the discipline needed to become productive members of society and give them hope for a brig
St. Croix Health Center nursing home residents and staff should know what the future holds for the facility within the next few months. The Health and Human Services Committee voted in May to recommend to the St. Croix County Board that a new 50-bed nursing home and 48-unit assisted living complex be constructed to replace the current county-owned, 72-bed facility. The recommendation received significant support from most of the committee members May 18.
The first cancer patients began receiving radiation treatment last week at the newly opened Cancer Center of Western Wisconsin in New Richmond. It was a landmark day for the facility, which is attached to Westfields Hospital, even though its official grand opening won't happen until June 7.
An ominous deadline for several St.
The St. Croix County Health and Human Services Committee is taking the lead in recommending a plan for the future of the Health Center nursing home. Committee members had hoped that the St.
While the economic downturn has hurt many counties across the nation, St. Croix County remains in reasonably good financial shape. That's the message the St.
Will St. Croix County stay in the nursing home business or get out? Employees and administrators with the St. Croix County Health Center nursing home were hoping that question would be answered last week. But after discussion among county supervisors at their Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday, a final decision appeared no closer to reality. The county's Health and Human Services Committee forwarded several business plan options to county supervisors in the hope that they would receive some direction from the county.